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    Is it fine if i talk about my schitzophrenic mother and how her condition inspired me to do medicine? How I talked about being responsible and taking care of her and relating the importance of being responsible as a doctor, also having frequent first hand patient experience that would allow me to feel sympathy for patients. and because i had no relative work experience i talked about how i worked in thr family busniness 7 days a week (i had 1 say off before school started) throughout the whole summer as a waiter and a cashier in take-away and related certain characteristics such as teamwork or being a strong communicator and relating it as crucial aspects of medical practicioners. I mentioned that i work part time in weekends, and should i mention that ihad not enough time to do a work experience placement in a hospital?
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    don't talk about not 'having time' to do work experience placements in a hospital, but instead utilise the example of your mother and your own experiences (through your jobs) to show the skills that you think a doctor should have, and the skills you have reflecting this. For example you might have gone along with your mother to a doctors appointment, discuss how the way the doctor approached the situation allowed you to understand more about the role of the doctor (things like kindness, compassion, empathy, working in a multidisciplinary team if your mother was referred to a specialist etc), then talk a lot about how u cared for your mother and were able to apply these skills that you witnessed (again, kindness, compassion, empathy etc.)

    But yeah, everything else you said seems really good, and having that personal touch always makes it better, as long a you're able to effectively relay it back to the role of a doctor and the skills needed to be a doctor

    also, if you want to make it slightly better and show more interest in terms of the scientific side of things, discuss books/ articles you've read, or particular topics that you're interested in. But the level of detail that you go into should depend on the medical schools that you're thinking of applying to.

    Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by DeezNutz69)
    Is it fine if i talk about my schitzophrenic mother and how her condition inspired me to do medicine? How I talked about being responsible and taking care of her and relating the importance of being responsible as a doctor, also having frequent first hand patient experience that would allow me to feel sympathy for patients. and because i had no relative work experience i talked about how i worked in thr family busniness 7 days a week (i had 1 say off before school started) throughout the whole summer as a waiter and a cashier in take-away and related certain characteristics such as teamwork or being a strong communicator and relating it as crucial aspects of medical practicioners. I mentioned that i work part time in weekends, and should i mention that ihad not enough time to do a work experience placement in a hospital?
    If you don't have the required work experience your chances of getting into med school are slim. There is a requirement and not meeting it will not be acceptable. It's fine to talk about skills gained from looking after a family member but I wouldn't dwell on it too much as that is not reflective of your ability to be a doctor. You also don't want to come across as someone wanting sympathy. Talk about it in very brief and professional terms in a line or two. Your biggest problem will be your lack of work experience though so I would seriously consider taking a year out to get it.
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    (Original post by DeezNutz69)
    Is it fine if i talk about my schitzophrenic mother and how her condition inspired me to do medicine? How I talked about being responsible and taking care of her and relating the importance of being responsible as a doctor, also having frequent first hand patient experience that would allow me to feel sympathy for patients. and because i had no relative work experience i talked about how i worked in thr family busniness 7 days a week (i had 1 say off before school started) throughout the whole summer as a waiter and a cashier in take-away and related certain characteristics such as teamwork or being a strong communicator and relating it as crucial aspects of medical practicioners. I mentioned that i work part time in weekends, and should i mention that ihad not enough time to do a work experience placement in a hospital?
    As is said above, you're free to mention it, but universities will gloss over *why* and move onto more relevant information. It would look rambled and as though you're trying to compensate for a lack of experience.

    Although incredibly important to you - Universities don't want more than a couple of sentences on it.
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